Since the invention of inflation, prices for groceries have skyrocketed and rivers have become traversable. Enjoy the scenic side of economics with today’s Groupon to The Grand Fish and Lansing Metro Marinas. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get a three-hour kayak rental (a $30 value) and two hours of picnic-site usage (a $15 value) at The Grand Fish (a $45 value).
- For $60, you get a one-hour private boat cruise for up to 15 people from Lansing Metro Marinas (a $120 value).
Perched on the banks of the Grand River, The Grand Fish and Lansing Metro Marinas immerse winter-weary spirits in the summer recreation of boating and picnicking. Trade terra firma for aquatic adventure in a single-person kayak from The Grand Fish, which includes a beginner’s tutorial on technique, safety, and which river animals will steal your kayak if given the chance. The three-hour rental provides ample opportunities to explore nooks and crannies off the beaten current, or drop in on destinations such as the new City Market and the Waterfront Bar & Grill. Back on land, picnic areas outfitted with grills, tables, and chairs give appetites the opportunity to fill up on hot and cold nutriment from owners’ picnic baskets. A two-hour lunch or dinner is serenaded by the natural babble of the nearby waterway, and occasionally by live jazz, rock, and country from local musicians. The Grand Fish’s motto of “You Cook, We Clean” allows nosh parties to continue right up to the two-hour mark, when a stork cleaning crew arrives to bag up garbage and fly it to a nearby landfill.
Larger groups looking for water-based lounging can opt for a one-hour private boat cruise from Lansing Metro Marinas, leaving from any of seven landing locations along the Grand River. Each vessel accommodates up to 15 revelers, and includes a captain to guide the craft along its leisurely course. Augment your excursion by bringing a cooler stashed with gustatory goodies, and add a soundtrack from a personal iPod or CD via the onboard stereo. On day tours, vigilant eyes can glimpse fauna such as turtles, deer, and wild turkeys, and the evening tours turn vessels into floating celebrations with special party lighting and jubilant countdowns to cheer on moon drops.
Lansing Metro Marinas
Lansing Metro Marinas's Giselle and Ken Settimo had a vision for a new way to see Lansing—from the waterways. The couple purchased a 28-foot pontoon boat, staffed it with a captain and deck hand, and set about their mission to show Michiganders the beauty of their city. Today, the boat cruises down the Grand River from Old Town to Moore's River Park, Red Cedar to Potter Park Zoo, offering stunning views of downtown Lansing. Charters, evening cruises, and private events float down the waterway, enjoying access to seating, party lighting, and a fridge to re-energize glow-stick swords.